How to Check and Stop Apps Running in the Background on Android

Have you ever wondered how to check if you have apps running in the background of your phone? Do you often want to know how to stop them from running in the background?

Apps running in the background will often affect your phone battery, and also how fast the phone is. Thus, you should know how to check your phone occasionally to ensure you stop apps from running in the back.

Here is how to first check for apps running in the background in your Android phone:

  1. Open the Settings app and then scroll down to find About Phone.
  2. Go to Software information and then tap on Build number seven times. This will enable Developer options.
  3. Once you get into the mode, you will be required to enter your device PIN or password pattern after which you will see You’re now a developer
  4. Then return to the main Settings menu and tap Developer options (in some phones, this option will be in the System option).
  5. Scroll down and find Running service. Tap on it and you will get a list of apps and services with their memory usage.

Once you are aware of the apps and their memory usage, the next step is fixing it.

Now, there is more than one way to stop apps from running in the background. Here is one:

Force Stop Apps

The first way is force stopping apps and here is how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings menu and then to Apps.
  2. Then scroll through the list or use the search function and find the app you want to stop. Tap on it.
  3. Then tap on the Force stop
  4. Hit OK to confirm.
  5. This will force stop the app from running. However, this option is not perfect and some apps with restart automatically.

Thus, you can try these other options to stop apps from running in the background.

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